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The AUT Public Lecture Series features two distinct public lectures – Inaugural Professorial Addresses and the AUT History: Winter Public Lecture Series. The professorial addresses serves as a public platform for introducing new professors to university colleagues and to the wider community interested in their field. In the one-hour lecture, professors take their audience on a journey related to their research interests, their career to date, and the future as they see it. The AUT Public Lecture Series is accessible to a wide audience and well attended by AUT staff and visitors to the campus and we welcome you to attend.

AUT History: Winter Public Lecture Series 2015

  • From Grub St to the iPad – How the magazine industry survived constant change
    Associate Professor Simon Mowatt, Monday 7 September
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Inaugural Professorial Addresses 2015

Professor Judy McGregorHuman Rights and Human Wrongs in New Zealand
Tuesday 25 August
Professor Judy McGregor
Professor of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Faculty of Culture and Society

How good are we at the practice of human rights? Human rights are only meaningful when they actually make a difference to the way people live. Professor Judy McGregor has examined the promise and reality of New Zealand’s human rights record.
New Zealand’s self-image as being good at human rights has taken on a life force of its own as a dominant political narrative. But are we at a turning point? The lecture uses two case studies- one relating to women’s rights and one relating to the rights of disabled people- to demonstrate the power of human rights when they are realised and the despair that accompanies human wrongs.
Judy was a journalist and former newspaper editor. She is a trained lawyer and has her doctorate in political communication. She was the first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.
She joined the staff of AUT in 2013 as Head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy and as Associate Dean Post Graduate in the Faculty of Culture and Society. Her human rights research was conducted with Professor Margaret Wilson of Waikato University and human rights lawyer Sylvia Bell. It was funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation.

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    Professor Asheq Rahman
    Professor of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Law


RSVP and Venue Details

4.30pm - 5.30pm
WA Building Conference Centre
City Campus
Level 2, WA Building
55 Wellesley Street East

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